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Carlo Segre


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I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.

Experience in the area

Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.


American Physical Society
Sigma Xi
American Chemical Society
American Associate for the Advancement of Science
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
International X-ray Absorption Society


Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Solid State Communications; Physics Letters; Journal of Low Temperature Physics; Journal of Crystal Growth and Design; Physics Letters; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Archaeological Science; Physica C; Corrosion Science; Electrochimica Acta; Journal of Nuclear Materials


Ph.D. Physics, 1981 - University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, 1977 - University of California, San Diego
B.S. Physics, 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. Chemistry 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Awards and Honors

Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, IIT Fellow, International Center for Diffraction Data

What do you like about this subject?

Physics, and science in general has been a lifelong passion for me. I particularly enjoy understanding how Nature works and how to describe it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There are always new things to learn in science and specifically new, young scientists to mentor. I especially enjoy working with students at all levels, undergraduates to graduate students.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Physics is an excellent starting point for many different careers. What you learn as a physicist translates to many disciplines and careers.

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Recent Answers from Carlo Segre

2015-06-27 Funding Basic Science:

Hi metalrose,    That is an excellent question.  Some scientists have tried crowdfunding as a way to support their research but I am not sure it has been a very successful route.      Another way, is what

2014-11-29 career orientation in physics:

You say that you re interested in mechanics.  In that case, I would suggest that you change to Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanics sub-specialization.  Physics is more about E&M and quantum mechanics

2014-07-27 Ph.D Admission:

Of course your research experience and your letters of reference are extremely important once a program considers your application fully.  In fact, at that point, the GPA and GRE scores are less important

2014-07-26 Ph.D Admission:

Hi Anirudha:    I think that your M.S. grades will carry more weight.  Of course your PGRE scores will also have an effect.  The big problem with asking about chances for so-called "top" programs is that

2013-12-03 P.G in physics:

Hi Renes:    No one can tell you that.  You need to do research on the field yourself and decide if it is exciting for you.  Of course you can make contributions to the field no matter what direction you


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